LTC3212 - RGB LED Driver and Charge Pump


  • Power and Current Control for Driving RGB LEDs
  • Individually Programmable Current Sources
  • 1x or 2x Mode, Low Noise, Constant Frequency Charge Pump
  • Single Wire Enable Control for All LEDs
  • White Mode Adjusts R, G, B Currents for White Light
  • 25mA Maximum LED Current
  • VIN Range: 2.7V to 5.5V
  • Automatic Soft-Start, Mode Switching and Output Disconnect in Shutdown Mode
  • Available in 12-Lead (3mm × 2mm) DFN Package

Typical Application

LTC3212 Typical Application


The LTC3212 is a low noise charge pump RGB LED driver capable of driving three LEDs up to 25mA each from a 2.7V to 5.5V input. Low external part count (one flying capacitor, two bypass capacitors and one to three programming resistors) makes the LTC3212 ideally suited for small, battery-powered applications.

Built-in soft-start circuitry prevents excessive inrush current during start-up and mode switching. High switching frequency enables the use of small external capacitors. The charge pump shuts down to a high impedance mode to prevent LED leakage while the LTC3212 is off.

Each LED may be individually turned on or off via a single pin interface. The current through the LEDs may be individually programmed with resistors or may share a single programming resistor. White mode adjusts the red, green and blue LED current ratios for a white light when all three LEDs are programmed to be on.

LED currents are regulated using internal low dropout current sources. Automatic mode switching optimizes effi ciency by monitoring the LED current drivers and switches mode only when dropout is detected. The part is available in a 3mm × 2mm 12-lead DFN package.


CAD Symbols and Footprints: The downloadable Zip file below contains the schematic symbol and PCB footprints.

For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LTC3212EDDB#PBF 3x2 DFN-12 DDB E 05-08-1723 Yes
LTC3212EDDB#TRMPBF 3x2 DFN-12 DDB E 05-08-1723 Yes
LTC3212EDDB#TRPBF 3x2 DFN-12 DDB E 05-08-1723 Yes

LTC3212 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LTC3212EDDB#PBF 3x2 DFN-12 E $1.86 Yes
LTC3212EDDB#TRMPBF 3x2 DFN-12 E $1.86 $1.35 Yes
LTC3212EDDB#TRPBF 3x2 DFN-12 E $1.86 $1.30 Yes
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* The USA list pricing shown is for BUDGETARY USE ONLY, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit for the stated volume), and is subject to change. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates. For volume-specific price or delivery quotes, please contact your local Linear Technology sales office or authorized distributor.

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Part Number Description Price Documentation
DC1187A LTC3212EDDB | RGB LED Driver & Charge Pump, 2.7V ≤ VIN ≤ 5.5V, VLED up to 5V @ 25mA (x3) (DC590 Req) $100.00
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